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Hightstown, NJ — Dorsoduro Hanover began his season with a win and will try to go out the same way in Thursday’s $260,000 Hap Hansen Progress Pace for harness racing 3-year-old pacers at Dover Downs. It will not be easy. In addition to facing seven talented rivals, Dorsoduro Hanover will begin the race from post No. 8, the least favorable starting spot on the gate at the track. “I’m not too happy about that,” said driver Matt Kakaley, who will try to guide Dorsoduro Hanover to victory from a post that has produced only four winners from 100 starts during the current Dover Downs meet. “The eight hole is going to be tough. But it should be a good race for everybody to watch. There is a lot of speed in there.” Dorsoduro Hanover, the sport’s richest 3-year-old with $1.25 million in purses this year, is the 5-2 second choice on the morning line. Jimmy Freight, who defeated Dorsoduro Hanover by a neck in last week’s Progress Pace elimination, is the 2-1 favorite. He will start from post No. 7 with driver Scott Zeron. This Is The Plan and driver Tim Tetrick are 9-2 and will leave from post three. “This Is The Plan will be pushing for sure; I know Scotty will be leaving and I’m not taking back, so there’s going to be some action,” Kakaley said. “I don’t know how it will all shake out in the first turn, but there will be enough guys leaving, that’s for sure.” The Ron Burke-trained Dorsoduro Hanover has won 10 of 21 races this year, finished second on six occasions and third once. His wins include the Breeders Crown, Adios, Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship, and an elimination of the Little Brown Jug. He finished second in the Little Brown Jug final and also was runner-up in the Meadowlands Pace and a division of the Tattersalls Pace. The gelding has finished off the board only once in his past 10 starts, a fourth in the Nov. 15 Matron Stakes at Dover, where he was beaten by a neck. He is owned by Burke Racing, the group of Silva, Purnel & Libby, the Weaver Bruscemi partnership, and Wingfield Five. “He’s had a long year and he’s still racing good,” Kakaley said about Dorsoduro Hanover, who made his seasonal debut on May 5. “Ronnie has done an amazing job keeping him sharp like this. He raced great last week, another first-over trip and he dug in hard all the way to the wire. You can’t really fault him. He usually gives you what he’s got. “He’s had a tremendous year, there’s no doubt about that. He’s got the most money made, he’s been knocking on the door the whole year, racing hard the whole year, and he’s always right there. A couple of the other ones were good early and not so good late, or vice versa, but he’s been pretty consistent the whole year.” In addition to the Progress Pace, Dover on Thursday hosts Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund championships for 2-year-old pacers and trotters. The Progress Pace was renamed in 2015 to honor the late W.E. “Hap” Hansen, a Dover Downs and Brandywine Raceway executive who passed away the previous year. Following is the field for the Hap Hansen Progress Pace in post-position order. PP-Horse-Sire-Driver-Trainer-Morning Line 1 - Shnitzledosomethin - Fred And Ginger - David Miller - Dylan Davis - 15/1 2 - Heavenly Sound - Rock N Roll Heaven - Victor Kirby - Bruce Saunders - 12/1 3 - This Is The Plan - Somebeachsomewhere - Tim Tetrick - Ron Burke - 9/2 4 - Thinkbig Dreambig - Bettors Delight - Yannick Gingras - Jimmy Takter - 8/1 5 - Done Well - Well Said - Corey Callahan - Ron Burke -10/1 6 - I’m A Big Deal - Somebeachsomewhere - Eric Carlson - Chris Ryder - 12/1 7 - Jimmy Freight - Sportswriter - Scott Zeron - Andrew Harris -2/1 8 - Dorsoduro Hanover - Somebeachsomewhere - Matt Kakaley - Ron Burke - 5/2 by Ken Weingartner, USTA Media Relations Manager

Jimmy Freight (Scott Zeron) collected his 11th victory of the season on Wednesday evening (Nov. 21) in the $35,000 Hap Hansen Progress Pace elimination at Dover Downs by besting Breeders Crown victor Dorsoduro Hanover (Matt Kakaley) in 1:49.2. This Is The Plan (Tim Tetrick) was third. Leaving from post position five, Jimmy Freight and his pilot were content to allow Thinkbig Dreambig to establish the pace with fractions of :26.1, :54.4 and 1:22.2 while biding their time in second place. Dorsoduro Hanover, however, employed an overland journey to capture the lead in the push to the wire. After enjoying primarily a pocket trip, Zeron pushed the gas pedal to send Jimmy Freight past his rival with a :26.4 final quarter-mile to assure the win by a neck. Trained by Andrew Harris, Jimmy Freight is owned by Adriano Sorella and paid $6 to win as the public’s second selection (2-1). The final field for the $260,000 Progress Pace final on Nov. 29 is: Jimmy Freight Dorsoduro Hanover This Is The Plan Done Well Thinkbig Dreambig Shnitizledosomethin I’m A Big Deal Heavenly Sound From the USTA Media Department

Dover, DE - The final leg of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund stakes for 2-year old trotting fillies went to post early at 4:10 in non-wagering events at Dover Downs on Wednesday. COMMAND THE DAY (CR Commando-Deanna Troy) did command the way as last week’s winner went off stride at the ¾ pole. This was her first win for trainer Syl King,Jr and driver Victor Kirby. DARK DUTCHESS (He’s Spooky-Designable) got up for second and the time of the mile was 2:02. The second non-wagering race for the fillies was certainly a sentimental favorite at Dover Downs. STAR TIME (Anders Bluestone-Political Starlet) crossed the wire in 2:02.4 for her Maiden win. Trained by Tui Stone and now owned by her mother, Shirley Shand, the filly was bred by Marv Bachrad’s Serendipity Stable. She was driven by Kim Vincent. ROYAL LOCKET (Yankee Royalty-Sprocket Hanover) was second. The colt and gelding trotters made the wagering card beginning with the first half of the daily double.where the 1-5 shot EMBRACE THE GRIND (Keystone Activator-My Embrace) scratched, the field was wide open. At the wire it was GO JETEM (He’s Spooky-Special Mist) in 2:04.1 lowering his lifetime record for driver Art Stafford,Jr. He is owned the Mist Stable of Hartly which is the family of long time Delmarva horseman Carl Thompson and trained by his son, Jim Thompson. Last week’s winner, RICH N ROYAL (Yankee Royalty-Adore Eleanor) got up for the place. The second half of the Daily Double went to DR GRINCH (Giant Hit-Runaway Madonna) in 2:03.2 earning his maiden win for trainer/driver, Jeff Fout and Joe and Joann Thomson’s Bay Pond Racing. JUST AS STRIKING (Anders Bluestone-Ringside Katie) got up for second for trainer/driver/owner Eddie Dennis. The $100K finals will be contested on Thursday, November 29th in conjunction with the Dover Signature event, the “Hap Hansen Progress Pace” named for the late Brandywine Raceway President. Top eight point getters advance to the final. by Judy Davis-Wilson, for the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund  

Dover, DE - On a chilly moonlit night the girls went to post with the first harness racing division of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund being won gate to wire in 1:56.2 by THE LADY SHERIFF (Southwind Lynx-Sheriff Sale). She is trained by Clyde Francis and handily driven by part owner Montrell Teague for his father, George and the Fry brothers of Houston. The place filly, ANNEKE (Southwind Lynx-Whirl The Girl) is trained and owned by Montrell’s Aunt Brenda and steered tonight by Jim Morand. The second division ended up with only 3 fillies going to the gate because of sick scratches. VISTAMISTA(Powerful Mist-Yankee Vista) repeated last week’s performance for driver Victor Kirby in 1:56. Trained by Wayne Givens and owned by Legacy Racing of DE,Inc. and Sharon White of Smyrna this was the tenth lifetime start and pushed her earnings over $65K. Winner from last week, RODDYS AT IT AGAIN (Roddy’s Bags Again-Terro Franco N) earned the place spot. The final will be contested on Thursday, November 29th in conjunction with the Dover Signature event, the “Hap Hansen Progress Pace” named for the late Brandywine Raceway President. Top eight point getters advance to the final. The pacing filly division will be the only division to field a consolation of $15,000 whicundFh will be contested on Wednesday, November 28th. by Judy Davis-Wilson, for the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund

Dover, DE - On a very nice November night, the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund held the second lef of their series at Dover Downs. Montrell Teague drove first leg winner, KEEPMYWIGLEGAMETYT, (Mr. Wiggles-Airtight) gate to wire in 1:56 over runner up JET BAGS JIM in an early non-wagering event. In Race 1 on the betting card Montrell Teague repeated the first race and steered DASHIKI (Barber Pole-Enniskerry) to a neck win over last week’s winner, CHILLAXIN AWAY in 1:53.3 which equaled his lifetime record. Both winners are trained by Clyde Francis and owned by George Teague, Jr. Teague Racing Partnership LLC of Florida is co-owner on DASHIKI. The final will be contested on Thursday, November 29th in conjunction with the Dover Signature event, the “Hap Hansen Progress Pace” named for the late Brandywine Raceway President. Top eight point getters advance to the final. by Judy Davis-Wilson, for the DSBF

Dover, DE — A pair of long shots in This Is The Plan and The Downtown Bus stole the show in the $193,750 Matron Stakes for 3-year-old harness racing pacing colts and geldings on Thursday (Nov. 15) at Dover Downs, tag-teaming in deep stretch to nose out Jimmy Freight in a 1:49.1 dead heat. While Jimmy Freight and local favorite Lather Up tasted defeat in their Matron split, divisional standouts Six Pack and Youaremycandygirl refused to disappoint in their respective events. $210,150 3-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Trot (race four) In a meeting of the millionaires, dual classic winner Six Pack ($3.00) made easy work of the first-over Met’s Hall en route to a 1:54.1 score over sloppy going in his Matron Stakes division. Trainer-driver Åke Svanstedt sent the son of Muscle Mass to the front immediately from post five, and the pair floated clear of Fashionwoodchopper (Yannick Gingras) midway on the first turn before rating early splits of :28.1 and :57.3. Up the backstretch, Met’s Hall (Andy Miller) sustained a first-over ascent out of third to within half a length of the lead, but Six Pack shrugged off his rival under minimal hand urging through the final turn. With Met’s Hall no longer a threat past three-quarters in 1:26, Six Pack accelerated away from Fashionwoodchopper to take his 15th career win by four lengths. Mississippi Storm (Andy McCarthy) saved ground after gapping cover to just collar the weakening Met’s Hall for third. Svanstedt co-owns Six Pack with Little E LLC, Stall Kalmar FF, and Lars Berg. $183,900 3-Year-Old Filly Trot (race six) Indiana standout Custom Cantab ($17.80) had something left in the stretch after winning a cutthroat first-quarter duel, as she was able to turn aside Plunge Blue Chip not once, but twice en route to a 1:53.1 Matron score. David Miller put the Mr Cantab filly in play from the outset, but the pair faced immediate resistance from Supergirl Riley (Tony Morgan) on approach to the first turn. After pressing in the two-path through a :26.4 first quarter, Custom Cantab accelerated to the fore with a circuit to go, but shortly thereafter faced pressure from the emerging Plunge Blue Chip (Åke Svanstedt) nearing a :55.2 half. Custom Cantab asserted up the backstretch, but had to dig in again a quarter from home to fend off the resurgent Plunge Blue Chip a second time on the final turn. Not only did she have enough to parry her outside rival, but she also kept a second push from Supergirl Riley — who emerged up the open stretch in the final sixteenth — a head short. Plunge Blue Chip’s third-place finish, 1-3/4 lengths behind, was enough to push her past the million-dollar mark in career earnings, while Breeders Crown winner Lily Stride (Tim Tetrick) failed to threaten from second-over and finished last. Trainer Chris Beaver co-owns 15-time winner Custom Cantab with Donald Robinson and RBH Ventures Inc. $159,350 3-Year-Old Filly Pace (race 10) Youaremycandygirl ($2.40) strode strongly to the front and never looked back, avenging Breeders Crown defeat to stablemate Percy Bluechip with a 1:51.3 win in their Matron event. Entering off a resounding 9-3/4 length win in the $113,000 USS Indy at Hoosier Park, Youaremycandygirl and driver Yannick Gingras out-sprinted Percy Bluechip (Matt Kakaley) and Solitary (Andy Miller) through a :27.2 first quarter before pulling the pace back. With a circuit to go, Dance Blue (Andy McCarthy) commenced a first-over bid from fifth and advanced steadily as the pace slackened through a :56.2 half. Up the backstretch, Youaremycandygirl’s lead was cut to a length and a quarter by Dance Blue, but was never in jeopardy. The daughter of American Ideal coasted through a :27.1 third quarter to evade Dance Blue and kept the pocket-sitting Percy Bluechip 1-1/4 lengths at bay in 1:51.3. Alexa’s Power (Tim Tetrick) chased evenly for third after being hemmed in until the top of the stretch. Ron Burke trains 18-time winner Youaremycandygirl for William Donovan. $193,750 3-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Pace (race 12) After Ontario standout Jimmy Freight was tasked with the heavy lifting through strenuous fractions and sternly dismissed the challenge of 4-5 local favorite Lather Up, This Is The Plan ($17.00, Tim Tetrick) and The Downtown Bus ($20.60, Corey Callahan) emerged in the final stride to simultaneously nose out Jimmy Freight in a dead heat in the glamour boys’ division of the Matron. Jimmy Freight and driver Scott Zeron let This Is The Plan clear before taking charge midway on the first turn and reeling off a :25.3 initial quarter. A determined advance from Lather Up (Montrell Teague) out of fourth with a circuit to go kept the pace hot through a :54.4 half, but Jimmy Freight remained undeterred with three-eighths to go and shrugged off that rival. Meanwhile, This Is The Plan remained close from the pocket and The Downtown Bus followed the three-wide cover of Breeders Crown winner Dorsoduro Hanover (Matt Kakaley) past three-quarters in 1:22.1. Turning for home, Dorsoduro Hanover stalled and Jimmy Freight was driven out to maintain a two-length lead, but it began to shrink in the final sixteenth. This Is The Plan lunged up the open stretch and The Downtown Bus surged widest of all, and they both reached the winning post simultaneously in 1:49.1, a nose better than Jimmy Freight. Ron Burke trains This Is The Plan, a six-time winner by Somebeachsomewhere, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Silva Purnel & Libby, and Larry Karr. Trainer Jeff Gillis co-owns 11-time winner The Downtown Bus with Ellen Ott. 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Winter weather was threatening in the evening sky but the young harness racing trotters didn’t seem to care at Dover Downs on Wednesday. The first filly event was non-wagering. BELLA’S PARTY PUNK (Super Punk-Nubella) driven by Art Stafford, Jr and trained by a jubilant Shae Vandervort ,won by half a length over STAR TIME (bred by Marv Bachrad) in 2:04.2.   Race 1 (2nd division) saw the Harrington winner DISCO SOLIEL (CR Commando-CR Penny Lane) dance from gate to wire for driver Carlo Poliseno and owner Rod Allen. DARK DUTCHESS was a half-length back for the place in 2:03.4. Race 2 was the first division of the colts and geldings and it was RICH N ROYAL (Yankee Royalty-Adore Eleanor) for trainer/driver, Kim Vincent and owner Bart Cavanagh’s Providence West of Media, PA. The time was 2:01.2 and it was the Maiden win for Rich N Royal. A neck back in 2nd was DR GRINCH. Second division of the boys was EMBRACE THE GRIND (Keystone Activator-My Embrace) in 2:03 for driver Jonathan Roberts and owner/trainer Bobby Glassmeyer. It was his 4th victory in five starts. Five lengths back was SAY GESUNDHEIT.    Round 2 will be next Wednesday, November 21th, the night before the Thanksgiving holiday. The final will be contested on Thursday, November 29th in conjunction with Dover Downs Signature event, the “Hap Hansen Progress Pace” named for the late Brandywine Raceway President. by Judy Davis-Wilson, for the Delaware Standardbred Breeders’ Fund

This Week: Matron Stakes, Dover Downs, Dover, DE. and Fall Four eliminations, Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, NJ. Schedule of events: The Grand Circuit returns to Dover Downs this Thursday (Nov. 15) for four Matron Stakes for 3-year-olds of both sexes and gaits. The 3-year-old colt pace carries a purse of $193,750, the 3-year-old colt trotters will race for $210,150, the purse for the 3-year-old filly pace is $159,350 and the 3-year-old filly trotters will race for $183,900. On Saturday night (Nov. 17) Meadowlands Racetrack will host eliminations in each of the Fall Four events for freshman pacers and trotters. There will be two $20,000 eliminations in the Valley Victory for 2-year-old male trotters and a single $20,000 elimination in the Governor's Cup for 2-year-old male pacers. Eliminations were not required in the Goldsmith Maid for 2-year-old filly trotters and the Three Diamonds for 2-year-old filly pacers. Complete entries for the races are available at this link. Last time: Trainer Jimmy Takter and driver Yannick Gingras teamed up for a Grand Circuit double in Thursday evening's (Nov. 8) Matron Stakes for 2-year-olds at Dover Downs, combining with Super Schissel and Blood Money in their respective divisions. Super Schissel made his move from the pocket with five-sixteenths to go en route to an easy 1:56 win in the $158,000 Matron 2-year-old colt and gelding trot, contested as a non-wagering event before the main program. After yielding early control to Lindy's Crazy Hall (David Miller) on approach to the first turn, Yannick Gingras kept Super Schissel close from the pocket through early splits of :28.2 and :58.1. Midway up the backstretch, the son of Uncle Peter and Bavarde angled out and strode to the lead immediately, putting a quarter-length on Lindy's Crazy Hall by three-quarters in 1:27.2 before drawing off handily. Holiday Hangover (Tim Tetrick) rallied belatedly from last to take second, 3-1/2 lengths back, while Union Forces (Scott Zeron) took third over the fading Lindy's Crazy Hall. Super Schissel is trained by Jimmy Takter for owners Al Libfeld and Perry Soderberg. Blood Money ($8.00) sustained an uncovered bid out of midfield through the final half-mile of the $213,000 Matron 2-year-old colt and gelding pace and held off a late charge from Sugar Factory to narrowly prevail in 1:51.1. Gingras, wearing the colors of Diamond Creek Racing, floated Blood Money up the pegs to protect a close stalking spot behind dueling leaders Love Me Some Lou (Corey Callahan) and Mangogh (Brett Miller) through a sharp :26.3 quarter, but the pair were relegated to fourth when No Mas Amor (Tim Tetrick) pushed clear with nine-sixteenths to go after losing cover. At the :54.3 half-mile juncture, Gingras angled the Sweet Lou-Blood Diamond colt off the pegs, and he responded immediately to accelerate, press the pace, and take the lead under urging past three-quarters in 1:22.4. No Mas Amor gave way on the far turn, but Sugar Factory (David Miller) loomed off live cover to pose a late threat. Blood Money was driven out off the home turn and all the way to the winning post to keep the lunging Sugar Factory a head at bay. Reigning Deo rallied from last down the grandstand side to take third. Complete recaps of all the races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2018, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farms is the sponsor for the 2018 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the past weekend. Drivers: 1. Tim Tetrick - 1,462.5; 2. Yannick Gingras - 1,450; 3. David Miller - 1,182.5; 4. Scott Zeron - 709; 5. Andrew McCarthy - 653.5. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 1,344.5; 2. Jimmy Takter - 1,168; 3. Tony Alagna - 721.5; 4. Julie Miller - 481; 5. Jim Campbell - 437. Owners: 1. Fashion Farms - 325; 2. Diamond Creek Racing - 294.6; 3. Burke Racing Stable - 283.5; 4. Weaver Bruscemi - 262; 5. Robert Key - 234. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will take place next week at The Meadowlands with the finals for the Fall Four for 2-year-olds -- the Governor's Cup, Valley Victory, Three Diamonds and Goldsmith Maid -- along with the TVG finals for older trotters and pacers of both sexes. In addition, Dover Downs will host eliminations for the Progress Pace for 3-year-old male pacers. by Paul Ramlow, for The Grand Circuit  

Dover, DE — Amid cool and gusty winds, 2-year old harness racing pacing fillies contested the first leg of their Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund series on Tuesday (Nov. 12) at Dover Downs. The first division was all Roddy’s At It Again (Roddy’s Bags Again-Terro Franco N) despite being parked to the quarter in :28.3. After taking command, she never looked back and won by 11 lengths for driver Art Stafford Jr. and trainer Tim Torbert in 1:56.1. It was the first DSBF win for first-time horse owner Katie Killen of Felton. The second division saw the Harrington series winner The Lady Sheriff (Southwind Lynx-Sheriff Sale) get nosed out in 1:55.1 by Legacy Racing of DE Inc. and Sharon White’s homebred Vistamista (Powerful Mist-Yankee Vista). She is trained by Wayne Givens of Seaford and was driven by Milford native Victor Kirby. Round two will take place next Tuesday (Nov. 20). The final will be contested on Nov. 29 in conjunction with Dover’s signature event, the Hap Hansen Progress Pace, named for the late president of Brandywine Raceway. by Judy Davis-Wilson, for the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund

Custom Cantab brings a career-long streak of 28 on-the-board finishes to Thursday's $183,900 Matron Stakes for 3-year-old filly trotters at Dover Downs, which will be the filly's first start at a harness racing track other than Hoosier Park. Custom Cantab, who is 6-1 on the morning line, heads to the event off a win in the Crossroads of America on Nov. 2. The triumph was her 12th in 16 races this season. Trained and co-owned by Chris Beaver, Custom Cantab has 14 wins, 10 seconds and four thirds in her career and earnings of $643,936. In addition to the Crossroads, her victories this year include a division of the Pegasus Stakes and the Indiana Sire Stakes championship. She finished second to Manchego in the Moni Maker Stakes and has not finished worse than second in 13 races since surgery to correct an entrapped epiglottis. Custom Cantab will start the Matron from post six with regular driver Peter Wrenn. Breeders Crown champion Lily Stride is the 2-1 morning-line favorite from post three, with Tim Tetrick driving for trainer Mark Harder. Plunge Blue Chip is the 5-2 second choice from post one with trainer-driver Ake Svanstedt. "We were up in the air whether to start her again, but everything checked out on her and I'd been anxious to see how she would race against a top field to get some perspective," Beaver said. "We plan on racing her next year. She's probably not as valuable as a broodmare as some of those fillies are, but she's a really nice racehorse. "I think she will be staked to some of the mare races and maybe some of the 4-year-old races. I wouldn't be staking to everything. I'd like to space out her starts. Maybe she won't be good enough, but the way she acts, she's never let a horse get away from her. She's always been competitive." Dover Downs host the four Matrons for 3-year-old trotters and pacers Thursday. Racing begins at 4:30 p.m. (EST). Six Pack is the 6-5 morning-line favorite in the $210,150 colt and gelding trot, followed by Met's Hall at 8-5. Dorsoduro Hanover is the 2-1 choice in the $193,750 colt and gelding pace, which also includes Jimmy Freight (5-2) and Lather Up (7-2). Youaremycandygirl is the 5-2 favorite in the $159,350 filly pace, where she will see familiar rivals Alexa's Power (7-2) and Percy Bluechip (9-2). Custom Cantab is a daughter of Mr Cantab out of Custom Model. Beaver bought Custom Model's first foal, the Chocolatier-sired My Ghost Bi, for $3,000 at the 2011 Lexington Selected Sale and the gelding made $75,852 lifetime. Beaver bought Custom Cantab, the mare's third foal, for $6,000 at the 2016 Hoosier Sale. "I knew the family and thought she was something nicer than what the mare had thrown before," Beaver said. "I kind of studied crosses and I thought the mare would cross with Mr Cantab, but I can't say I had any idea she would turn out as good as this. I was just hoping to get a horse that was competitive in the sire stakes." Beaver, who owns Custom Cantab with Donald Robinson and R.B.H. Ventures, is not concerned about the filly going on the road for the first time and racing on a five-eighths-mile oval compared to Hoosier Park's seven-eighths track. "She trains on a little farm track, so she should be all right," Beaver said. "I think she would be good on any size track because even if she was struggling in the turns she would let you help her. She knows what she's supposed to be doing. "She's smart. She can leave all you want and let a horse go, settle in a hole, and follow without using any more energy than necessary. She's been racing on the front a lot lately because she's been the favorite, but she is great off a helmet. She knows how to take care of herself and put herself in position to stay close. She is an extremely professional horse." For Thursday's complete Dover Downs entries, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA 

Schedule of events: The Grand Circuit heads to Dover Downs this Thursday (Nov. 8) for four Matron Stakes for 2-year-olds of both sexes and gaits. The 2-year-old colt pace carries a purse of $213,000, the 2-year-old colt trotters will race for $158,000, the purse for the 2-year-old filly pace is $179,100 and the 2-year-old filly trotters will race for $177,800. Complete entries for the races are available at this link. Last time: Some of the sport’s brightest stars descended upon Harrah’s Hoosier Park on Friday (Nov. 2) and as predicted, the stakes filled card delivered some outstanding harness racing battles. Met’s Hall captured the $256,000 Carl Erskine Trot and sent his seasonal earnings over the million dollar mark with the win. Dean Gillette photo. After finishing second in the $500,000 Breeders Crown 3-year-old colt trot, Met’s Hall was out for redemption and delivered on his promise in the $256,000 Carl Erksine Trot for 3-year-old trotting colts and geldings. Overcoming a poor position, Met’s Hall turned in a dominant performance to deliver as the even money favorite in 1:53.2 with Andy Miller in the bike. With the win, Met’s Hall sent his seasonal earnings over the $1 million mark. Miller sent Met’s Hall away from the gate firing from post nine but he would have to work for position as Yannick Gingras also sent You Know You Do away from the gate aggressively. Met’s Hall grabbed command just before the quarter in :27.2 and looked relaxed on the front while clicking off fractions of :56.2 and 1:25.1. Maxus and Peter Wrenn were the first to apply pressure first-over but would have their work cut out for them as Met’s Hall looked strong on the front. As the field turned for home, Miller asked his mount for more and Met’s Hall dug in gamely to hold off Helpisontheway and Tim Tetrick to get the win by nearly two lengths. Hockey Hanover and Matt Kakaley found late racing room to round out the trifecta. Met’s Hall returned $4.00 at the betting windows. “He can leave the gate as quick as any,” Miller noted after the victory. “I wasn’t sure if we would get to the front but when he did, I figured he would be good. He’s just an amazing animal who loves his work; he works through his issues and shows up every week.” Trained by Julie Miller, the 3-year-old son of Cantab Hall-Met’s Inn recorded his fifth win of the season from 14 starts. Owned by Stroy Inc. and the Andy Miller Stable, Met’s Hall has now won 10 of 24 starts while amassing $1,278,494 in lifetime purse earnings. The stakes action kicked-off for the evening with the $137,000 Crossroads of America Stakes for 3-year-old trotting fillies and it was Custom Cantab and Peter Wrenn who went gate-to-wire to score in 1:54.1. Custom Cantab left alertly from post five and held strong to the wire to hold off a hard-charging Seviyorum and Andy Miller. Looking For Zelda and Matt Kakaley utilized a ground saving trip to get up for third place honors. As the heavy betting favorite, Custom Cantab returned $4.20 to her backers at the betting windows. Indiana’s champion 3-year-old trotting filly recorded her 12th win and has finished no worse than third in 16 starts this season. Owned by trainer Christopher Beaver, Donald Robinson, and R B H Ventures, the daughter of Mr Cantab-Custom Model has now won 14 of 28 lifetime starts and sports a lifetime bankroll of $643,936. Not to be outdone, Youaremycandygirl turned in an impressive performance of her own to dominate her rivals with a 9-3/4 length romp in the $113,000 USS Indianapolis Memorial for 3-year-old pacing fillies. With regular pilot Yannick Gingras in the bike, Youaremycandygirl seized the early lead and steadily drew away from the field to stop the timer in 1:50.1. With the win, Youaremycandygirl recorded her eighth win from 16 seasonal outings. The millionaire daughter of American Ideal-Sweet Lady Jane pushed her lifetime bankroll to $1,365,973 for trainer Ron Burke and owner W.J. Donovan. The stakes action concluded with the $190,000 Monument Circle Pace for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings and after a disqualification of the first-place finisher Lather Up and Montrell Teague, it was Always A Prince and Trace Tetrick who came out victorious. The time of the mile was 1:49.1. Indiana’s champion 3-year-old pacing colt recorded his seventh consecutive victory and 19th win from 22 lifetime starts. Owned by Carl and Melanie Atley and trained by Tyler George, Always A Prince was unraced as a 2-year-old but has amassed $492,875 in lifetime purse earnings. Complete recaps of all the races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2018, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farms is the sponsor for the 2018 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the past weekend. Drivers: 1. Tim Tetrick – 1,452.5; 2. Yannick Gingras – 1,400; 3. David Miller – 1,167.5; 4. Scott Zeron – 704; 5. Andrew McCarthy – 648.5. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke – 1,314.5; 2. Jimmy Takter – 1,128; 3. Tony Alagna – 721.5; 4. Julie Miller – 481; 5. Jim Campbell – 437. Owners: 1. Fashion Farms – 325; 2. Burke Racing Stable – 278.5; 3. Diamond Creek Racing – 274.6; 4. Weaver Bruscemi – 262; 5. Crawford Farms Racing – 229.8. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will take place next week at Dover Downs and The Meadowlands. Dover will host the four Matron Stakes for 3-year-olds, while The Meadowlands will have eliminations for the Fall Four for 2-year-olds — the Governor’s Cup, Valley Victory, Three Diamonds and Goldsmith Maid. by Paul Ramlow, for the Grand Circuit

Erv Miller thinks Artie's Ideal has his best harness racing days ahead of him. Miller hopes that includes Thursday when the colt visits Dover Downs for the $213,000 Matron Stakes for 2-year-old male pacers. Artie's Ideal was a two-time winner on the New York Sire Stakes circuit and finished third in the series championship before trying the Grand Circuit for the first time at Lexington's Red Mile. The colt was second to Workin Ona Mystery in a division of the Bluegrass Stakes, pacing a :26.1 final quarter-mile, before a seventh-place finish in a division of the International Stallion Stakes. After a three-week respite, Artie's Ideal qualified in 1:54.2 at Harrah's Philadelphia on Oct. 30 to prep for the Matron. He won the qualifier by 10-1/2 lengths. "He was a real green colt getting started and he's just been getting better all the way through," said Miller, who trains Artie's Ideal for owner Bay Pond Racing Stable. "He had a little setback the second week at Lexington, his blood was a little messed up, but as far as getting more mature he's gotten better every time we went to the gate. "He qualified really well at (Philly) and I look for him to put in a good effort." Artie's Ideal and driver Marcus Miller, Erv's son, will start the Matron from post four. He is 10-1 on the morning line. Metro Pace runner-up Semi Tough, with Matt Kakaley driving for trainer Ron Burke, is the 5-2 favorite. "He got the four hole, that's a good spot, and if things work out for him he should be right there," Miller said. Dover Downs host the four Matrons for 2-year-old trotters and pacers Thursday. Racing begins at 4:15 p.m. (EST) with a non-betting race, the Matron for colt and gelding trotters, followed by the regular card at 4:30 p.m. Breeders Crown runner-up When Dovescry is the 5-2 morning-line favorite in the $177,800 filly trot and Breeders Crown finalist Queen Of The Pride is 5-2 in the $179,100 filly pace. Artie's Ideal is a son of American Ideal out of Midnight Art. The colt has earned $114,508 in nine starts and is Midnight Art's third six-figure-earner. The family also includes Grand Circuit winners Good News Lady and Ideal News. Miller said the colt was immature physically to begin the season, but has developed nicely. "I think he's going to be a nice colt," Miller said. "He's easy to drive, an easy trainer. He handles well. You can tell he's got a great attitude. He's so handy and he's a smart little horse. I really look forward to next year with him." Artie's Ideal is eligible to the Governor's Cup later this month at the Meadowlands, but the Matron could be his final start of the year. "We'll go off how he races," Miller said. For Thursday's complete pari-mutuel entries at Dover Downs, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA   

The television show Post Time is celebrating its 20th Anniversary this month.   Post Time focuses on the harness racing industry at Harrington Raceway, Dover Downs and Ocean Downs. Since 1998 Post Time has consistently aired a half-hour show every week, resulting in over 1000 shows and counting. Post Time showcases a variety of content from fun interviews to behind-the-scenes action to harness races.   Host and third-generation horsewoman, Heather Vitale has been with the show since its inception.   "I'm so proud of this show," said Vitale. "I never imagined it would be airing after 20 years but I'm also not surprised. This sport is full of wonderful stories about the horses and the people. It's been a perfect way to educate the public about harness racing, introduce them to the athletes and bring awareness to a sport that is so important to our economy and local agriculture."   Sponsored by The Delaware Standardbred Owners Association (DSOA), and shot and edited by Faust Video Production, Post Time airs at 11:30 AM on Sundays on WBOC and is a CBS affiliate on the Delmarva (Delaware, Maryland, Virginia) peninsula. WBOC is the #1 rated station on the Delmarva peninsula.   DSOA Executive Director, Sal DiMario, said "Congratulations to Post Time on its 20th year. It is the longest continuous harness racing program in the country. We couldn't have done it without Heather, she writes, she produces, she's the on-air personality, she does it all."   Post Time has consistently put out a show each week for 20 years, resulting in over 1000 shows and counting. The engaging content and enthusiastic energy of Heather Vitale and the Delaware harness racing community has made the show the most watched show during this time slot locally.   Throughout the years Post Time has won several United States Harness Writers Association's John Hervey Broadcast in Excellence Awards. Vitale, herself, was awarded the Harness Horsemen International's Clyde Hirt Media Award in 2004.   Although the television show concentrates on the local Standardbred sport, it has showcased big races and human interest stories from around the country and even the world.   The show airs every Sunday at 11:30 AM on WBOC. To see clips of Post Time Show like The Delaware Standardbred Owners Association on Facebook or subscribe to PostTimeShow on YouTube.   Everyone involved in the production of Post Time would like to give a special thanks to the DSOA board of directors who supported the idea of putting the show on the air 20 years ago. With the continued support of the DSOA board of directors, Harrington Raceway, Ocean Downs, Dover Downs and our advertisers the show continues to bring awareness of our harness racing sport to homes all over Delmarva.    by Claire Armann, for Post Time  

Dover Downs' 49th harness racing season ended On Thursday, March 29 when Déjà vu Blue, Super Fly, Go Sandy Go and Slick Tony won $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) finals and Major Uptrend won the $35,000 Preferred pace on the closing card of it's 2017-2018 meet. With Delaware Gov. John Carney and members of his staff on hand, and a usual large crowd of fans turned out to watch the four state-bred three-year-old trotting and pacing finals, two 1:49.4 feature races and meet horsemen top- honors presented. Tim Tetrick was Leading Driver during the 81-programs season. Tetrick fininshed with 11 wins more than Corey Callahan, who had won the previous seven titles in a row. Dylan Davis was Leading Trainer at the meet for the fifth consecutive season. Free For Aller Sicily, who won five top features with sub-1:50 victories including 1:48.4, the fastest time of the Meet, won a tight ballot by Delaware Valley chapter U.S. Harness Writers Assocation members, voted Horse of the Meet. On the track, DSBF Chamionships: Déjà vu Blue, driven by Tim Tetrick, bested arch-rival Star Sapphire (Russell Foster) by a head to win the sophomore filly trotter event. Vandalous (Callahan) was third.---Super Fly overpowered seven rivals in 1:55.2 to win the $100,000 male trot with Art Stafford Jr. in the bike. Bother Kenny (Tetrick) was runner-up with Seafood Suzie Blue (Jason Green) third.--- Go Sandy Go, with Jason Green driving, lowered her lifetime fastest mark to 1:53.2 romping to victory in the DSBF $100,000 filly pace.---Gracefullyforgiven, with Art Stafford Jr., was second in front of Studio Session (Sean Bier) third.---Slick Tony, owned by breeder George Leager and piloted by Russell Foster, took home the soph colt and gelding pace $100,000 championship with a 1:53.4 performance. Transitioning Joy (Teague), and Evolutiion Tour (Tetrick) were second and third.---- The Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) 3-year-old trotting and pacing stakes program completed two preliminary weeks of $20,000 sophomore legs of trotting and filly events----The top eight-point getters in each of the four sophomore divisions returned for $100,000 championship finals Closing night: Major Uptrend (Tony Morgan), paced his fourth sub-1:50 mile of the meet scoring a 1:49.2 triumph in the $35,000 Preferred/Handicap, the top race on the regular card. Sicily (Montrell Teague) was next with Super Imposed N (Callahan) third.---One race earlier, Art Stafford Jr. guided Blazing Bobby Sox home in 1:49.2 to win a $16,000 Winners-Over pace. Forty Five Red (Mike Cole) and Cajon Lightning (Stafford Jr.) were second and third respectively.---Art Of Fire made it five wins in a row in an $18,000 Conditioned pace. Jonathan Roberts drove the winner for trainer Kevin Lare, and breeder-owner Forest Bartlett ash Is King (Callahan) was next. Wichita Lineman (Allan Davis) was third.--- Jet Airway (Callahan) also kept a streak going, notching his fourth straight, a 1:51.1 winner in a $25,000-$30,000 Claiming Handicap.The other high-price claiming pace was won by Im Supersonic A (Sean Bier), who fashioned a 1:50.2 triumph in another top claimng pace.---Art Stafford Jr. had a triple, Tim Tetrick, Sean Bier and Tony Morgan had driving doubles. Sicily won the close vote of the Delaware Valley chapter, U.S. Harness Writers Association Horse of the Meet for Horse of the Meet honors. Major Uptrend, trotter Theresademoninme, Major Uptrend and Cyclone Kiwi N were next in the balloting. Red -hot Tim Tetrick, a former track champion, overtook seven-time defending champion Corey Callahan,for the Leading Driver title and for the fifth consecutive season Dylon Davis is Leading Trainer. DURING THE FINAL WEEK: Tim Tetrick drove five winners while Very Dark won the feature trot and Ballinrobe, the top Pace on Monday (March 26) --- Ross Wolfenden was in the bike to steer Very Dark to his second win-in-a-row to win the $12,000 Winners trot in 1:57.--- The outside post was no concern to Vic Kirby who left fast and chalked up his fourth win of 2017 for new owner Don Fowler who claimed the gelding last week. The 1:51.4 victory came in a $15,000-$17,500 Claiming pace.----Tim Tetrick started his 5-win day taking both ends of the daily double. Driver Tony Morgan, trainers Josh Green and Brian Malone had two wins each. On Tuesday (3/26) Tim Tetrick won five races for the second straight day while on Theresademoninme won the $30,000 Open/Handicap trot for the third straight week---. Theresademoninme rolled out of post 7 to snatch the early lead and was never headed in a 1:53.2 victory, his third straight and fifth in the last seven feature trots at the track with Jonathan Roberts driving. Rock Of Cashel (Corey Callahan) closed with a rush to finish second while Gural Hanover (Tony Morgan) in his second race of the year, finished third in the feature. After winning the daily double again and the first three races, Tetrick steered breeder Delbert Cain and Nanticoke Racing's Howard Taylor and Rich Lombardo's Holiday Promise notched a 1:55 score in a $15,000 Winners trot, his second straight win.---In addition to Tim Tetrick's five bagger, Tony Morgan and Corey Callahan had doubles. Terror At Night caught front-pacing Nerida Franco N in the final stride to win the last $30,000 Mares Open/Handicap feature of the meet on Wednesday, March 28. Driver Mike Cole pulled Terror At Night out of third and followed Apple Bottom Jeans on the outside before moving three wide turning for home. The 5-year-old hustled down the lane just in time to catch Nerida Franco N (Allan Davis) in the 1:50.4 event. Divas Image (Tetrick) closed strongly to finish third.---Stormtracker (Tetrick) made good use of post 1 scoring a front-end 1:52 triumph in a $22,000 conditioned pace. Shesarocker (Vic Kirby) was the place finisher with Legio X Equestris (Montrell Teague) third. --- Use Your Noodle, trained by Les Givens, was at the top of her game notching a 1:51.1 wire-to-wire conquest in a $16,000 Mares Winners-Over pace.---Tetrick guided Snappy Dresser, conditioned by Josh Green, to victory in a $15,000 female pace, giving her a third win in her last four efforts.---Two drivers had triples, Tony Morgan and Tim Tetrick, who had five wins the first two nights of the week added a three-bagger, Art Stafford Jr. had a double as did trainer Les Givens and Nanticoke Racing Inc. and Jeff Fout, a former standout driver in Ohio, won both ends of the daily double for owners Bay Pond Stable. Tim Tetrick, with a strong March finish upended seven-time defending champion Corey Callahan in dash-winning drives. Tetrick won 143 wins. Callahan had three wins, and totals 136 wins Tony Morgan is third with 116 wins. Vic Kirby is fourth with 82 and Art Stafford Jr., is fifth, with 76 wins. Davis Dylan 21.0 224 47 36 34 .350 635,402 Green Josh 26.3 156 41 27 27 .417 488,480 Columbo Joseph 12.1 273 33 39 38 .247 386,308 Givens Wayne 17.7 186 33 37 23 .329 464,149 King Jr Jim 18.5 173 32 27 19 .308 481,871 Malone Brian 23.1 134 31 20 20 .364 247,959 Hall Michael 17.2 169 29 28 15 .293 375,275 Callahan Nicholas 15.6 179 28 27 25 .287 355,715 Ell Eric 23.3 120 28 12 22 .350 348,875 Lare Kevin 16.6 163 27 22 16 .273 324,459 Crissman Tim 21.4 117 25 17 17 .343 255,988 Hundertpfund Jr Joseph 12.1 198 24 24 26 .232 226,544 Crissman-Bier Crissy 13.9 158 22 22 20 .259 290,050 Francis Clyde 15.2 145 22 22 22 .287 308,585 Givens Les 16.3 129 21 22 20 .309 278,339 Ewing Gary 21.8 78 17 15 10 .368 186,200 Reeser Robert 18.4 87 16 12 12 .307 144,695 Moore Kyle 12.1 124 15 9 17 .207 106,497 Truitt Bryan 22.1 68 15 9 12 .353 168,854 Bamond Jr. Jeffrey 20.0 70 14 11 5 .311 158,290 Foster Jr Arty 9.4 149 14 24 23 .235 213,161 Gray Brooks 17.5 80 14 9 13 .292 151,948 Johnson Jason 11.0 127 14 19 15 .233 168,915 Reynolds Willard 18.9 74 14 8 8 .285 106,288 Toscano Linda 22.0 59 13 11 7 .363 148,830 Cabot John 15.6 77 12 6 10 .242 104,165 Dennis Eddie 14.3 77 11 7 5 .215 84,874 Foster Eric 9.4 117 11 16 13 .207 157,107 Defending champion Dylan Davis top the trainer standing with 47 wins, Josh Green is second with 41 wins, Wayne Givens ND Joe Columbo of the Gerge =&Tina Dennis Stable, were tied for third with 33 winners. Jim King is fourth with 32 wins. Nick Callahan and Brian Malone finished fifth with 31 winners. 1-Dylan Davis 21.0% 224 47 36 34 .350 635,402 2-Josh Green 26.3% 156 41 27 27 .417 488,480 3-Joe Columbo 12.1% 273 33 39 38 .247 386,308 4-Wayne Givens17.7% 186 33 37 23 .329 464,149 5-Jim King Jr 18.5% 173 32 27 19 .308 481,871 6- Brian Malone 23.1% 134 31 20 20 .364 247,959 7- Mike Hall 17.2% 169 29 28 15 .293 375,275 8- Nick Callahan15.6% 179 28 27 25 .287 355,715 9- Eric Ell 23.3% 120 28 12 22 .350 348,875 10-Kevin Lare 16.6% 163 27 22 16 .273 324,459 11-Tim Crissman21.4% 117 25 17 17 .343 255,988 12-JoeHundertpfund12.1% 198 24 24 26 .232 226,544 13-Crissy Crissman-Bier13.9%158 22 22 20 .259 290,050 14-ClydeFrancis 15.2% 145 22 22 22 .287 308,585 15-Les Givens 16.3% 129 21 22 20 .309 278,339 16-Gary Ewing 21.8% 78 17 15 10 .368 186,200 17-Bob Reeser 18.4% 87 16 12 12 .307 144,695 18-Kyle Moore 12.1% 124 15 9 17 .207 106,497 19-Truitt Bryan 22.1% 68 15 9 12 .353 168,854 20-Jeff Bamond Jr. 20.0% 70 14 11 5 .311 158,290 Sicily won the close vote of the Delaware Valley chapter, U.S. Harness Writers Association for Horse of the Meet honors. Major Uptrend, trotter Theresademoninme, Major Uptrend and claimer Cyclone Kiwi N were next in the balloting. Red hot Tim Tetrick, a former track champion, overtook seven-time defending champion Corey Callahan, for the Leading Driver title and for the fifth consecutive season Dylon Davis is Leading Trainer. Downbytheseaside won the $308,060 Hap Hansen Progress Pace (HHPP), the biggest events of the Delaware harness racing season. Downbytheseside went out a winner rushing to a 1:48.3 victory in his final race prior to stallion duty. Chris Page directed the convincing victory, his 14th of the season with a separately-owned Brian Brown trained stablemate Fear The Dragon, second. Russell Foster had the finest day of his career winning two of the four $100,000 DSBF Two-Year-Old Dover Downs Finals on the Super Thursday (Nov. 30) 2017 card. Foster drove Star Sapphire, who won the $100,000 Harrington Final, to a 1:59 triumph in the 2-Year-Old Filly trot and Slick Tony, by a nose in in 1:51.4, in the Colt Final. Go Sandy Go won the Filly pace in 1:53.4 and Sky Marshal in 1:56.4, both wins by a nose. The 2017 Matron Stakes, harness racing's longest continual stakes dating back to the 19th century, Dover Downs has been home-base since the 1997 season. The Thursday'(11/16) card provided fans with an outstanding showcase of racing: Downbytheseaside became a $2-million winner; Bill's Man closed strongly for Tim Tetrick's first of four wins, Agent Q got up for Hall of Famer David Miller and Dream Together -led off the four Matron Stakes championships.Tetrick added to his meet leading driver total scoring four winners Bill's Mann, with catch-driver Tetrick, was surprise winner of the $201,900 Matron 3-Year-Old Trot. M&L of Delaware, nom de course of Ralph, Roz and Doug Paul of Greenville, longtime horse owners, formerly noted for owning stakes pacers. Also, Agent Q, the dam of winner of the $182.700 Matron Filly pace was bred by local horsemen Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta. Finding they had too many broodmares, they sold the dam of the Matron winner, Teenage Paige. ...It was a mistake. The Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) Dover Downs Two-Year-Olds Finals featured the finest group of Delaware-sired freshmen in its history. Star Sapphire (Russell Foster-1:59) was the only easy 4-length winner of the filly $100,000 final. The other three divisions were decided by the photo finish camera. Sky Marshal (Carlo Poliseno-156.4) was the surprise winner of the trot final, Slick Tony (Foster-1:51.1) and Go Sandy Go (Jason Green-1:53.4) took the colt and filly $100,000 finals. Bags To Riches who dominated the 2017 DSBF Three-Year-Old Colt Pace division recorded his first sub 1:50 victory winning the $25,000 Open in 1:49.4.Also Major Upstart, who seems to love Dover Downs, scored a 1:49.3 win. Art Stafford Jr. became part of Delaware harness racing history driving back-to-back dead-heat winner on Pearl Harbor Remembrance day (12/ 7). In the feature race, former Down Under champion Christen Me N scored his fastest career victory, 1:49.2, winning the $30,000 Preferred pace. --- Corey Callahan drove four winners, Stafford won three straight while Montrell Teague and Allan Davis had driving doubles. On the last Tuesday of the 2017 potion of the meet, trotting specialist Jack Parker Jr. had a big day. He piloted seven-year-old NF Happenstance, from post 8 to win her first since having a foal and a return to the races after her four-year-old season. Then,Parkerwas only a nose away from a second victory driving Royal Becca J in the Open trot. Tony Morgan accomplished his 16,000-win milestone on Jan. 3, 2018 by quickly winning both ends of the daily double. Morgan is second in the sport in winning drives trailing only Dave Palone, who passed the 18,000-win mark early in 2017. Germany's Hans Wevering is third on the list with the late Herve Filion, fourth. The weather played a big role in racing during the meet. Just before the 2nd race on Thursday (Nov. 30), an earthquake, said to be 4.4-magnitude, shook the racetrack and Dover, Del. vicinity. The United States Geological Survey (USGS) confirms that at 4:48 p.m. EST, a 4.4-magnitude earthquake occurred. The coordinates of the quake (39.2N 75.4W) put the center of the quake 10 miles northeast of Dover, ----Dover Downs harness rarely cancels, but on Thursday (1/4), the powerful "Nor'easter" which roared through Atlantic states delivered several inches of snow, strong winds and low temperatures necessitated cancelation of racing. Later in the season, besieged by three straight weeks of Nor'easters, the track canceled a second time, on March 21. During the first week of the New Year: A four-horse photo-finish lead-off the Monday, 2018 New Year's day, resulted in a dead-heat for win. Race-favorite Splashed and 22-1 shot Great Kate got their picture taken in the 1:55.1 feature with temperatures in the low teens, Sheer Assault and Pure Kemp were noses away finishing third and fourth respectively before the Judges ruled Sheer Assault interfered with Pure Kemp in the lane and their finishes were reversed. Red-hot Tony Morgan racked up five winners including 7-1 shot One To Draw To in one of a trio of feature races on Thursday, Jan 18.The previous week, Cyclone Kiwi N was claimed for $35,000. Jeff Bamond Jr. them claimed him back for the same price in the first of two $25,000--$35,000 Claiming Handicaps. Corey Callahan drove the gelding from post 8 in a pulverizing :25.3 quarter and never looked back en route to a 1:51.3 score, his fourth straight and sixth win in his last seven with a second-place. The pacer, claimed twice, then won six-in-a-row. Starting from outside post 8 proved no problem for Divas Image on the way to her fourth straight $25,000 Mares Open/Handicap win on Wednesday, Jan 24. Tony Morgan moved Divas Image up to take the front and never was headed the rest of a 1:52.1 mile. A 14-times winner of six of her previous eight races Back in mid-December, Bobby Glassmeyer picked Something Said, who had a two-race win streak, out of a $12,500 claimer. The gelding then stepped up to win a pair of $25,000 claimers, and two $13,000 Winner-Over paces including Feb. 1 when Jonathan Roberts piloted a sixth win in-a-row, a 1:49.3 lifetime mark The last week in January was an exceptional time for driver Jack Parker Jr.'s two top trotters stable. Parker guided NF Happenstance to victory over an off-track at Yonkers in a $50,000 trot on Sunday and Wednesday Royal Becca J chalked up a third victory in her last five feature-race outings . Both Royal Becca J and NF Happenstance are owned by a born and educated former Delawarean, James "Chip" Moore III, Tim Crissman reached the 1,500 mark in training wins during his career when three of his trainees won on Feb. 15, Number 1,500 came when Major Uptrend scored a 1:49 win in the $27,500 feature. Arriving from the Mid-West at the turn into the 21st century, Crissman's modest stable usually ranked high in the trainer standings Ken Wood, annually one of the track's leading horsemen, returned from his multiple round trips to West Africa building wells for needed Ghana and Tanzania residents who until Wood's humanitarian efforts never enjoyed fresh drinking water. Wood drillings have reached 2,000 wells. In addition Wood also is involved in giving specially created reading glasses to the natives. Only the March 1, 14-race program, for the first time in the meet, found no driver or trainer with more than one win on the card. Marv Bachrad

Déjà vu Blue, Super Fly, Go Sandy Go and Slick Tony were winners of $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) finals on the closing harness racing card of the Dover Downs 2017-2018 season on Thursday, March 29. With Delaware Gov. John Carney and members of his staff on hand, as usual a large crowd of fans turned out to watch the four state-bred three-year-old trotting and pacing finals, two 1:49.4 feature races and meet horsemen top honors presented. Tim Tetrick was Leading Driver of the 81-programs season. Tetrick fininshed with 11 wins more than Corey Callahan, who had won the previous seven titles in a row. Dylan Davis was Leading Trainer at the meet for the fifth consecutive season. Free For Aller Sicily, who won five top features with sub-1:50 victories including 1:48.4, the fastest time of the Meet, won a tight ballot by Delaware Valley chapter U.S. Harness Writers Assocation members, voted Horse of the Meet. On the track, Déjà vu Blue, driven by Tim Tetrick, bested arch-rival Star Sapphire (Russell Foster) by a head to win the sophomore filly trotter event. Vandalous (Callahan) was third. Super Fly overpowered seven rivals in 1:55.2 to win the $100,000 male trot with Art Stafford Jr. in the bike. Bother Kenny (Tetrick) was runner-up with Seafood Suzie Blue (Jason Green) third. Go Sandy Go, with Jason Green driving, lowered her lifetime fastest mark to 1:53.2 romping to victory in the DSBF $100,000 filly pace. Gracefullyforgiven, with Art Stafford in the bike, was second in front of Studio Session (Sean Bier) third. Slick Tony, owned by breeder George Leager and piloted by Russell Foster, took home the soph colt and gelding pace $100,000 championship with a 1:53.4 performance. Transitioning Joy (Teague), and Evolutiion Tour (Tetrick) were second and third. Major Uptrend with Tony Morgan, paced his fourth sub-1:50 mile of the meet scoring a 1:49.2 triumph in the $35,000 Preferred/Handicap, the top race on the regular card. Sicily (Montrell Teague) was next with Super Imposed N (Callahan) third. One race earlier, Art Stafford Jr. guided Blazing Bobby Sox home in 1:49.2 to win a $16,000 Winners-Over pace. Forty Five Red (Mike Cole) and Cajon Lightning (Stafford Jr.) were second and third respectively. Art Of Fire made it five wins in a row in an $18,000 Conditioned pace. Jonathan Roberts drove the winner for trainer Kevin Lare, and breeder-owner Forest Bartlett ash Is King (Callahan) was next. Wichita Lineman (Allan Davis) was third. Jet Airway (Callahan) also kept a streak going, notching his fourth straight, a 1:51.1 winner in a $25,000-$30,000 Claiming Handicap.The other high-price claiming pace was won by Im Supersonic A (Sean Bier), who fashioned a 1:50.2 triumph in another top claimng pace. Art Stafford Jr. had a triple, Tim Tetrick, Sean Bier and Tony Morgan had driving doubles. Delaware harness racing now moves to Harrington Raceway with April 9 opening day. Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del. --- Terror At Night caught front-pacing Nerida Franco N in the final stride to win the last $30,000 Mares Open/Handicap feature of the harness racing meet on Wednesday, March 28 at Dover Downs Driver Mike Cole pulled Terror At Night out of third and followed Apple Bottom Jeans on the outside before moving three wide turning for home. Cole hustled the Western Terror-Enhance The Night five-year-old down the lane just in time to catch Nerida Franco N (Allan Davis) in the 1:50.4 event, equaling her lifetime mark. The victory was her fourth of the year with a second in nine races. She now has won $50,800 in 2018 and 19 races lifetime and $293,701 in her career. Divas Image (Tim Tetrick) closed strongly to finish third. Stormtracker and Tetrick made good use of post 1 scoring a front-end 1:52 triumph in a $22,000 conditioned pace. It was the Big Jim-Stonebridge Breeze brown mares' fourth win of the year with two seconds in six starts trainer Linda Tosscano and owners Jay Mehlenbacher, Enviro, Camelot and Bay's stables Shesarocker (Vic Kirby) was the place finisher with Legio X Equestris (Montrell Teague) third. Use Your Noodle, trained by Les Givens, was at the top of his game notching a 1:51.1 wire-to-wire conquest in a $16,000 Mares Winners-Over pace for Henry Faragalli III, Feeney, Johnson and Nanticoke Racing. A five-year-old daughter of Artzina-Lo Gophobia, she bested Fashion Showdown (Morgan), second, and Hold It Hanover (Eddie Davis Jr.), third, to the finish line. Use Your Noodle has now won 16 times in her career banking $249,440. Tim Tetrick guided Huff Racing Stable's Snappy Dresser, conditioned by Josh Green, to victory in a $15,000 female pace, giving her a third win in her last four efforts. The Vintage Master-Elegant Girl four-year-old won for the third time this year. Gypsy Rose (Teague) and Said It Best (Callahan) were second and third respectively. There were two $15,000 DSBF three-year-old consolations. Trainer-drier Jeff Fout drove both winners owned by Bay Pond Racing. America First, a Roddy's Bags Again -PH Diagnosis colt won the colt consolation in 1:54.3 trailed by Friends forever (Cole) and Foxbriar Romeo (A. Davis). The filly consolation went to Peak Of Chic, a Roddy's Bags Again-Fit N Bad daughter ibn 1:55. Whistlers Sister (A.Davis) was second. River Dreams (Cole), third. On Thursday, an outstanding final day of the meet program led by four $100,000 DSBF Finals and a powerful 14-race card featuring $40,000 Preferred pace and presentation of the Horse Of The Meet, Leading Driver and Leading Trainer honors. Two drivers had triples, Tim Tetrick, who had five wins the first two night s of the week added a three-bagger, At Stafford Jr. had a double as did trainer Les Givens and Nanticoke Racing. Trainer Jeff Fout, a former standout driver in Ohio, won both ends of the daily double for owners Bay Pond Stable. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Parking and admission to Dover Downs is free. Dine in the Winners Circle Restaurant featuring an excellent buffet daily. Reservations are suggested. Call 302-674-4600. Simulcasting of leading harness and thoroughbred racing is offered in the Dover Downs Race & Sports Book. Marv Bachrad

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